Goldenrod: Oldest Bar in Brooklyn Gets a Makeover

Like P.J. Hanley's, but better
Goldenrod: Oldest Bar in Brooklyn Gets a Makeover

Pulling its name from a beer made at the Otto Huber Brewery in Bushwick in the 1890s, Goldenrod is dedicated to its history even though it just opened. The revamp of P.J. Hanley's — which until March held the title of "oldest bar in Brooklyn" — still features the original bar from the 139-year-old standby. Plus, the owner is the same as it was during the P.J. Hanley days: James McGown, who also owns Buschenschank and South Brooklyn Pizza

The restored space in Cobble Hill is all old school, with a pressed tin ceiling and dark wood. There's also a more modern picnic-table-filled beer garden that seats 75. With over 20 beers on draft and 20 by the bottle, the bar takes drinking very seriously. While the beer list represents many domestic and international brews, guests have the special treat of getting to try the private label Goldenrod Pilsner by Brooklyn Brewery, as well as the special edition Olde Saratoga Brewing Goldenrod Ale. With not a single beer on the list costing more than $10, this homage to history is also kind on your wallet.

Cocktails are also available and emphasize Brooklyn-made booze — for example, Breuckelen Distilling, which will be making a special Goldenrod Moonshine in the near future. Check out the beer list here and the opening food menu here.

The food menu sticks to the old favorites: chips and dip (albeit here the dip is of the truffled crème fraîche variety), mac 'n' cheese, fries and burgers. There's also plenty of what McGown does best: pizza. Individual sized (for a very hungry adult), pies come in flavors from the good old four-cheese to the Di Verde, with spinach, tomato, pesto and goat cheese. All will run you just north of $10. 

No happy hour specials have been announced yet, but definitely expect them in the coming months. 

451 Court St., Carroll Gardens

Photos by Jenny An


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